The infusion suite at CSO is a beautiful and comfortable space to receive various types of infusions relating to cancer treatment. There are supportive, comfy reclining chairs available for patients, and additional chairs to have friends or family sit with you. A large picture window brings the outside in as you look at the Coburg Hills and watch the changing seasons. The salt-water aquarium is a beautiful and enchanting focal point that helps the mind relax and feel at ease.
Normally, cells in our bodies live, grow and die in a predictable fashion. Cancer occurs when certain cells in the body keep dividing and forming new cells without the ability to stop or control this process. Chemotherapy or “chemical treatment” destroys cancer cells by keeping them from further multiplying or by damaging them directly. While normal cells may also be affected by chemotherapy, they are able to repair the damage while cancer cells are unable to do so. Chemotherapy is used for a variety of purposes:
Sometimes cancer is treated with a group of drugs termed “immunotherapy” or “biotherapy” which is not chemotherapy. Instead of killing rapidly dividing cells (like chemotherapy), immunotherapy can enhance your immune system to specifically attack cancer cells or specifically target cancer cell proteins to inactivate them or stop them from performing cellular functions.
We commonly study cancers today with “Genomic Testing” to look for whether or not specific genes are present and whether or not they are functioning; as well as gene products (cellular proteins), which can be targeted with drugs to disrupt their function.
There are certain circumstances in which it is necessary to administer medication via injection instead of orally or intravenously:
Undergoing chemotherapy and other types of infusion therapy for cancer requires patients to stay very well hydrated.However, it is not unusual for those receiving chemotherapy to become dehydrated.
Prior to treatment and frequently during treatment, our patients will have lab tests performed to check their blood counts, electrolytes, liver chemistries.